The Liberty County Health Department and Liberty Regional Medical Center are partnering to hold two screening events during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The health department will offer free clinical breast exams — by appointment — from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, and Wednesday, October 12, for women who meet certain eligibility guidelines. After an initial screening at the health department, the women can then go directly to Liberty Regional for a mammogram.
It is estimated that about 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in women in the United States. Early detection and treatment of breast cancer can lead to better outcomes.
“A clinical breast exam can help determine if there are any changes in the breasts that might be concerning and mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer early,” said Coastal Health District Women’s Health and Adult Health Coordinator Mary Ellen Smith, MSN, WHNP BC. “The earlier breast cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat.”
Women who meet certain annual income guidelines and are 40-64 years of age without insurance will be eligible to receive a screening mammogram at no cost as part of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP). BCCP provides access to breast and cervical cancer screening for women who may not otherwise have the means to access such services.
To schedule an appointment for the October screening events, call the LCHD at (912) 876-2173.